Chandeliers were illuminated for centuries by the lights of candles that required a difficult maintenance and due to the risk of fire were also relatively dangerous.
From 19th century gas light became a source of ilumination eventually taking the place of candles.
Gas illuminated chandeliers appeared in the middle of the century and many previously built chandeliers were later converted to gas.
By the 1890s electricity became available for illumination and since its distribution became wider its use in chandeliers became standard.
Antique chandeliers may not have transitioned to a modern illumination and are now mainly used as decorative focal point in a room without being an actual source of light.
Chandeliers were always mainly decorative rather than purely functional. Before illuminating a room they had the purpose of showing wealth for the upper class.


After their widespread success in the XVIII century, in 1797 the production of glass in Murano fell abruptly as the Venetian Republic was occupied by the armies of Napoleon.
Many of the glass furnaces closed and the production of Murano glass chandelier came to halt.
It wasn't until the mid 19th century that production of glass in Murano was revived and the products of its art, chandeliers included, became popular again.
Murano glass chandeliers have a unique history and continue to be produced in Venice today, thanks to the success that makes them one of Venetian glass best-known and most appreciated products.
These pretty and joyful glass chandeliers that became popular after the iron, wood and brass era of chandeliers, instantly brings a new dimension of fun and fashion to the idea of chandelier.
Today they are widely appreciated as one of the most beautiful and decorative types of chandelier.


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